World Cup Qualifiers Restart With Three Games For Most Teams

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Well, if you are a fan of international football then you are in luck as we have a bumper international break which will see many teams around the globe play at least two, if not three, World Cup Qualifying games.

Having already played their opening games earlier this year in the UEFA World Cup Qualifiers, teams in Europe will be hoping that Matchdays 4, 5 and 6 see them take big steps towards earning a place in December 2022’s finals in Qatar.

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As you would expect, there are a number of big games to enjoy this week all over the globe including games in North and South America, as well as other continents around the world.

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Let’s now take a look at some of the big games coming up across the three Matchdays in Europe this week.

World Cup Qualifiers – Home Nations & Big Games

Matchday 4

Wednesday 1st September

  • Portugal v Ireland (Group A)
  • Denmark v Scotland (Group F)
  • France v Bosnia & Herzegovina (Group D)
  • Norway v Netherlands (Group G)
  • Russia v Croatia (Group H)
  • Slovenia v Slovakia (Group H)

Looking at the first set of games on Wednesday, only Scotland of the home nations are in action as they face a tricky game against the Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark in Copenhagen. Ireland travel to Portugal in what looks like being a very tricky game for the Irishmen, while other big games on the night see France take on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia face Croatia and an intriguing game as neighbours Slovenia and Slovakia clash.

The most intriguing game of the night sees Norway host the Netherlands with Braut Inge Haaland going head to head against Virgil van Dijk in what should be a cracking contest in Group G.

Scotland’s trip to Copenhagen will be their toughest test in the group and a draw would be a fantastic result for the Scots here, but Denmark have been imperious in qualifying so far, scoring 14 goals without conceding and it is hard to see them dropping points here.

I’ve put together this accumulator for Wednesday’s games, all odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of Monday 30th August.

  • Denmark v Scotland – Home Win (4/9)
  • France v Bosnia Herzegovina – Home Win (1/6)
  • Russia v Croatia – Draw (11/5)
  • Slovenia v Slovakia – Draw (9/4)

This gives you bet odds of 16.52/1 on this fourfold with bet365 Sport.

Thursday 2nd September

  • Lithuania v Northern Ireland (Group C)
  • Hungary v England (Group I)
  • Italy v Bulgaria (Group C)
  • Sweden v Spain (Group B)
  • Poland v Albania (Group I)
  • Iceland v Romania (Group J)

Northern Ireland and England are in action on Thursday, with the Irish heading to Lithuania in what looks like a winnable game for them. England face a tricky test away to an improving Hungary side who have already drawn with Poland at home and for whom a win would take them top of the Group I table.

Gareth Southgate will be hoping his team can secure a win here which would see them take a big step towards qualifying as the winners of this group, especially with Poland already dropping five points from their three games.

European Champions Italy face Bulgaria in a game they will be strongly fancied to win while the top two in Group B Sweden and Spain meet in Sweden in what could be a pivotal game in deciding who wins that group. Iceland and Romania face a crucial game in Group J which is turning out to be one of the most open in qualifying with Armenia top of the table after three games and Germany only third in the table.

Here’s the accumulator I’d back for Thursday’s games:

  • Hungary v England – Away Win (2/5)
  • Iceland v Romania – Home Win (17/10)
  • Italy v Bulgaria – Home Win (1/10)
  • Lithuania v Northern Ireland – Draw (11/4)

This fourfold bet returns at odds of 15.08/1 with bet365 Sport (at the time of writing).

Matchday 5

Saturday 4th September

  • Ireland v Azerbaijan (Group A)
  • Scotland v Moldova (Group F)
  • Ukraine v France (Group D)
  • Slovakia v Croatia (Group H)
  • Israel v Austria (Group F)

Moving onto Matchday 5, there are no odds available for these games with bet365 Sport as yet (they will become available as the Matchday 4 games finish). So I can’t provide you with odds on my accumulator, but I will still give you my picks for the remaining sets of games.

Ireland and Scotland are once again in action, both with very winnable home games against Azerbaijan and Moldova, but for me the most intriguing game of the day comes in the Ukraine where France are the visitors in what should be a cracking encounter.

Scotland fans will also have a close eye on the result of the Israel v Austria game that night, while Slovakia v Croatia promises to be one of the most important games in what looks like being a tough Group H.

My Saturday accumulator would be as follows:

  • Scotland v Moldova – Home Win
  • Ireland v Azerbaijan – Home Win
  • Ukraine v France – Away Win
  • Slovakia v Croatia – Draw
  • Israel v Austria – Draw

Sunday 5th September

  • Belarus v Wales (Group E)
  • England v Andorra (Group I)
  • Switzerland v Italy (Group C)
  • Belgium v Czech Republic (Group E)
  • Germany v Armenia (Group J)

England and Wales are in action on Sunday, Wales away to Belarus in a game that Robert Page’s men will feel they must win to stay in touch with Belgium and the Czech Republic in Group E. England face a relatively straightforward game at home against Andorra, in which Gareth Southgate’s men will be looking to score a few goals to bolster their goal difference.

The best game on the night comes in Group C with Switzerland and Italy facing off once again after their Euro 2020 quarterfinals was won by Italy on penalties. On home soil, the Swiss have a chance for some revenge after that defeat.

Other key games today include Belgium facing the Czech Republic in Group E, while Germany face what is now a must win game against Group J’s surprise leaders Armenia.

The accumulator I’ve put together for Sunday is as follows:

  • Belarus v Wales – Away Win
  • Switzerland v Italy – Away Win
  • Belgium v Czech Republic – Home Win
  • Germany v Armenia – Home Win

Matchday 6

Tuesday 7th September

  • Austria v Scotland (Group F)
  • Ireland v Serbia (Group A)
  • France v Finland (Group D)
  • Croatia v Slovenia (Group H)
  • Netherlands v Turkey (Group G)

Matchday 6 sees some big games with Scotland making a trip to Austria in another game that they must avoid defeat in, while Ireland face a crucial home game with Serbia in Group A.

France will face Finland in Group D in what could be another crucial encounter in terms of that group, although I do feel by that point France will have opened up a bit of a lead on the chasing teams behind them. Croatia face Slovenia in a very big Group H encounter in what looks like being a very closely fought group but the big game today is the Netherlands facing Turkey having already lost the first fixture between the teams on Matchday 1. This is now a crucial game in Group G with the Dutch needing a win.

Here’s my accumulator for Monday’s matches.

  • Austria v Scotland – Home Win
  • Ireland v Serbia – Away Win
  • France v Finland – Home Win
  • Croatia v Slovenia – Home Win
  • Netherlands v Turkey – Home Win

Wednesday 8th September

  • Poland v England (Group I)
  • Northern Ireland v Switzerland (Group C)
  • Wales v Estonia (Group E)
  • Iceland v Germany (Group J)
  • Greece v Sweden (Group B)

England, Northern Ireland and Wales are all in action on Wednesday with England likely to face their sternest test in Group I with an away game in Poland. A win for England here, combined with a win over Hungary on Matchday 4 would put the Three Lions well clear at the top of the group, so this is a big game for them.

Northern Ireland face a very difficult task against a talented Swiss side, but Wales should be confident of getting the better of Estonia in Group E.

Iceland take on Germany in what will likely be a tricky Group J clash for the Germans who have not been at their best of late but are now under a new manager in Hansi Muller and finally the Swedes travel to Greece knowing a win will likely keep them very much in contention with Spain in Group B.

My tips for this set of games are:

  • Poland v England – Draw
  • Northern Ireland v Switzerland – Away Win
  • Wales v Estonia – Home Win
  • Iceland v Germany – Away Win
  • Greece v Sweden – Away Win


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